This story has a big case of deja vu. Tell me if the overall theme of events sounds familiar? A guy goes to a bar with a secret prototype phone, has a few drinks and low and behold, a phone is lost. If it sounds like the story about the lost iPhone 4 in 2010, your right, but this time, the players players are different.
Unlike the 2010 story which involved an Apple smartphone with Gizmodo ultimately running with the story, this time, it is a Google phone and the Wired blog. Apparently, the incident took place last month when Jamin Barton, a San Francisco bartender found a smartphone at the establishment where he works. For Barton, patrons forgetting their phones are no big deal, it happens all the time and in most cases, the customer will call the bar within a day or so to claim their lost device. However, this was not one of those cases and Barton did not receive any calls regarding this phone. After holding the phone for a while, Barton showed the phone to another customer of the bar who follows new product releases and this person was able to identify it as the upcoming Google Nexus 4.
Rather then selling the phone to a major tech blog, Google was contacted to pick up their property. However, prior to this occurring, pictures of the smartphone were taken and published on Wired, for which Barton did receive a freelancer fee.